URK GITEN/STEA ANDREASSON/JÜRGEN ECKLOFF
"WAR HAS COME HOME"
book + CD; Ltd. 300
release date: 2006
On September 11, 2001, an American journalist
wrote a letter to his child’s soccer coach who had not
cancelled practice that day because he wanted to offer a bit
normality for the children on this day: “Dear
colleague, I know that you meant well and wanted to show your
sympathy. But it could be that this just isn’t
possible for a European. There is more at stake here than just
mourning for the victims and their families. What happened
today has completely shaken our national self understanding.
We Americans find ourselves in a collective stake of shock.
Our self understanding as the secure and final bastion of freedom
and democracy is gone. The American way of life is now a thing
of the past. Don’t be angry, but in
moments such as these one doesn’t
play soccer with children, one takes time alone to reflect.” The
German translation of this letter (published in the “Berliner
Zeitung” on 9/13/2001) was the basis for a book of collages
by Urk Giten.
Jürgen Eckloff and Stea Andreasson
collected audio material from the media between 2001 and 2004,
which dealt with September 11 and subsequent events that heavily
influenced the collective consciousness. The result is a very
intensive Audio-Collage that shows the shock, the hysteria
and the preparation for (a) new war(s) after September 11.